PSV Eindhoven got back to winning ways on Sunday with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Willem II.

Phillip Cocu saw his side concede a late equaliser against Twente in midweek which realistically ended their title chances. The coach decided to ring changes for the match with Willem II as Jurgen Locadia, Siem de Jong and Hector Moreno dropped to the bench for Bart Ramselaar, Gaston Pereiro and Daniel Schwaab.

The first two chances of the game fell to Luuk de Jong, but the striker could only divert a strike wide before heading a free kick over the bar from close range. Van Ginkel then forced Kostas Lamprou into a save with a shot from distance before the goalkeeper claimed a header from Gaston Pereiro.

Ten minutes before the break Willem II should have taken the lead when Thom Haye crashed a long-range strike off the underside of the bar and the ball dropped over the line. However, the referee and linesman ruled that the ball hadn’t crossed and with no goalline technology, PSV escaped.

In injury time Lamprou pulled off a great save to push van Ginkel’s effort wide. However, from the resulting corner Nicolas Isimat-Mirin was left completely free to head PSV ahead.

Early in the second half Jeroen Zoet was forced into a save to deny Erik Falkenburg but on 55 minutes PSV doubled their lead in almost identical fashion to the first. Van Ginkel was this time left completely free to head in a corner. Gaston Pereiro then made it 3-0 on 76 minutes with a curling effort into the top corner before Andres Guardado added the fourth with a ferocious strike from the edge of the box.

Van Ginkel then sealed the victory with a turn and shot into the net from the edge of the box. The midfielder now has seven goals in eleven league games for the club since returning from Chelsea on loan. No wonder PSV are so eager to renew the deal again with the Premier League side.

The win moves PSV to within five points of Feyenoord with four games to go. Willem II  sit 10th.




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